The wife of my cousin expired after a losing battle with breast cancer. She was initally refused a catholic church service and burial. The Parish priest subsequently relented and allowed a church mass but not the burial in a catholic cemetery.
My cousin and his wife are Roman Catholic by birth. They were both born brought up and married in the Catholic Church in India. The two of them became residents in the United Arab Emirates for the past 20 consecutive years. In July 2013, her cancer returned with a vengence and was under treatment ever since in India. She died on 12th March 2013.
During her cancer treatment since July 2013, she was unable to attend church. She died in St. Johns Medical College Hospital (A Catholic Institution)
No Catholic Church in the Bangalore diocese (including the former diocese of her husband (my cousin) allowed a Catholic Mass or Burial. Another cousin who is a Jesuite Priest came to the rescue and we were able to have a beautiful Mass for this lovely lady. We cremated her.
My cousin is so upset with the attitude of the church that he is seriously considering leaving the church altogether.
The Middle East is full of Roman Catholics from India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and from all over the world. Many die either through natural causes, illness or even accidents whose boddies are repatriated to their countries. I wonder how the Church treats such deaths.